Stress and Cancer Treatment

January 21, 2011

ADVANCE for Nurses

Genevieve Hollis, MSN, CRNP, a nurse practitioner in the Abramson Cancer Center, is quoted in an ADVANCE for Nurses story about a study showing that stress -- including exercise -- prior to cancer treatments can activate a stress-sensitive protein that triggers a cascade of events that enhances the ability of cancer cells to survive chemotherapy and radiation. Hollis, however, pointed out there are a plethora of studies demonstrating the tremendous benefits of exercise for patients with cancer. "Regular exercise during cancer treatment decreases depressive moods, improves appetite, reduces side effects such as fatigue associated with cancer treatment, and increases functional status and the ability to perform activities of daily living," she said. "These benefits reduce the need for treatment breaks, so patients can receive their full therapy on schedule." Read More